May 19–31

Hmong cookbook; journalist Steve Brandt; Pratt Ice Cream Social; St. Anthony Main concerts; Matthews Park turns 40; InkTANK finale; the life of Phillip K. Dick

Community events

Book signing — Cooking from the Heart: The Hmong Kitchen in America
Saturday, may 23, 10:30 a.m.
Mill City Farmers Market, 704 2nd Street S.

Sami Scripter and Sheng Yang will sign copies of their recently cookbook Cooking from the Heart, which includes more than 100 recipes, with color photos, of South Asian cooking. For more information, visit the book’s webpage:

Summer body shaping/body building
May 26 – July 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Pratt School gym, 66 Malcolm Ave. SE
Contact: Connie Balcom, 612-339-5133 or

This dynamic system of strength training and flexibility exercises combines weight lifting with calisthenics and yoga in a group format. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Use our weights or bring your own (storage available). Bring exercise shoes and water to class. Cost is $5 per class prepaid, $6 drop-in.

Brown Bag with Steve Brandt
Wednesday, May 27, noon
East Lake Public Library, 2727 E. Lake St.,
Veteran Star Tribune reporter Steve Brandt will be the featured guest of the Twin Cities Media Alliance’s next Brown Bag Lunch with A Journalist. Brandt is one of the Twin Cities most respected journalists. Steve currently covers Minneapolis City Hall and city issues; his previous beat assignments have included Minneapolis schools and neighborhoods. Free; bring your own lunch.

Breakfast with Gary Schiff
May 29, 7:30-9 a.m.
Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake St.
Ward 9 City Council Member Gary Schiff will look at the effect of light rail transit on property values. Professor Ed Goetz from the Humphrey Institute led a recent study to measure changes in the value of residential property within a half-mile radius of stations along the Hiawatha Light Rail Corridor. At the breakfast, Goetz will share his findings, including which areas had the greatest increase in value. $5 buys breakfast.

Pratt Ice Cream Social
Fri., May 29, 5:30—8:30 p.m.
Pratt School, 66 Malcolm Ave. SE
This event, a benefit for Pratt School, is on the only day of the year the Witch’s Tower is open to the public. Come for ice cream, food, games, musicians and dancers, as well as a plant sale and silent auction.

The Prospect Park Garden Club asks neighborhood gardeners to donate their surplus plants to the plant sale, held during the Ice Cream Social. Sale proceeds go to Pratt School, JOY (Just Older Youth) and the Garden Club (to control buckthorn in the neighborhood). Plants can be dropped off at the Plant Sale Booth (at the corner of Malcolm and Orlin) from 3:30 on. Questions? Call John at 612-341-3641.

St. Anthony Main outdoor concert series
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30–10:30 p.m.; Sundays, 5–8 p.m.
St. Anthony Main , 219 SE Main St.
These free concerts run throughout the summer on the outdoor stage between Tuggs Tavern and VIC’S. Coming soon:
Friday, May 29 — Lynhurst
Saturday, May 30 — Al’s Rockabilly Quartet
Sunday, May 31 — The Lovers Show (unplugged)

Washburn “A” Mill tour
Saturday, May 30, 1 p.m.
Mill City Museum
704 South Second St.

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building on this guided tour. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery as well as the Flour Tower show and the film “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat.” $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555.

Matthews Park Recreation Center celebration
Sat., May 30, 2–5 p.m.
2318 28th Ave. S.
Matthews Park is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a free family event including tree planting, photo gallery, refreshments and activities for the whole family. For more information on the event and to RSVP, call 612-370-4950.

Van Cleve Seniors
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Van Cleve Community Center
901 15th Ave. SE
Join other seniors for meals, movies, games, conversation and helpful things like blood pressure testing. 612-370-4926

Arts events

Textiles of India exhibition
through June 6
The Textile Center
Joan Mondale gallery
3000 University Ave. SE
Elsa Steenivasam reflects on her 20 years of research and travel through India with this exhibit, an extensive selection of colorful textiles from many regions of India., 612-436-0464

Master of Fine Arts exhibit
through May 21
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art
405 21st Ave. S.
The last Master of Fine Arts exhibit for this academic year features a variety of art media from Mica Lee Anders, Sarah Christianson, Laura Corcoran-Mahnke, Mason Eubanks, Stacey M. Holloway, Anna Metcalfe and Michael Wong.

InkTANK season finale
Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m.
The Loft
1011 Washington Ave. S.
The Loft’s teen literary council presents work generated throughout InkTank’s inaugural year. Current InkTank council members will read their work and unveil their new anthology. InkTank members for the 2009-10 academic year will be introduced. Refreshments, live music, free.

Member show
May 9–30
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Ave. S.
The Vine Arts Center celebrates recent member work including photography, sculpture, painting, furniture, multimedia and jewelry. 612-728-5745,

McKnight artists exhibit
May 15–July 5
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave. E.
McKnight Artists Andrea Leila Denecke, Marko Fields, Lee Love, Greg Crow, Alyssa Wood and Margaret O’Rourke, will display their work.

Exhibits at Augsburg
May 15–July 10
Augsburg College
Beth Loraine Bowman’s exhibit “Trains and Other Transport” will be on display in the Gage Family Art Gallery, 22nd and Riverside avenues, while Kenneth Steinbach’s three-dimensional line drawings “Methods and Zahirs” will be at the Christensen Center Art Gallery at 22nd Ave. and 7 1/2 St.

Marking Time
May 15–Aug. 15
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave. S.
MCBA and the Guild of Book Workers present the installation Marking Time, the guild’s triennial members’ exhibition.

Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam
Through May 24
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
This national-touring, 10-artist show is the first-ever major U.S. exhibition of Vietnamese female artists. The exhibit includes watercolors on rice paper, calligraphy-esque ink paintings and photography.

800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick
May 28–June 7
The Playwrights Center
2301 E. Franklin Ave.
Directed by Jeremy Wilhelm, this play is based on the life of groundbreaking science fiction author Phillip K. Dick. Unique theatrical conventions create a surreal landscape where memories of events bleed into a funny, dark trip — not unlike a Philip K. Dick novel — wherein his recurrent obsessions of God, art, madness, time, fiction and reality come alive on stage.

Caution! Women Working!
through June 13
Bohlander Arts
3011 36th Ave. S.
Bohlander Arts celebrates women’s creativity with an exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculpture by six metro-area artists. 612-721-6438.

Eduardo Kac’s genetically modified petunia exhibit
Through June 21
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Eduardo Kac collaborated with scientist Neil Olszewski to create the transgenic petunia. The exhibit features the plant and prints of the seeds, as well as a sculpture based on the protein from the plant.

Neighborhood group meetings

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA)
Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m.
University Lutheran Church of Hope
601 13th Ave. SE

West Bank Community Coalition (WBCC)
Wednesday, May 20, 6–8 p.m.
Brian Coyle Community Center
420 15th Ave. S.

Longfellow Community Council (LCC)
Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Check or call
612-722-4529 for meeting location.

Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG)
Wednesday, May 27, 7 p.m.
Call 612-338-6205 for location.

What’s going on?
Send calendar notices by email to (include the word “calendar” in the subject line), by fax at 612-436-9199, or mail to:
The Bridge
2600 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 2
Minneapolis, MN 55406

last revised: May 22, 2009